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Fresco at the Gardens

4.6
4.6
446 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

At the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Fresco at the Gardens serves artisanal breakfast and lunch to match its beautiful surroundings. For breakfast, which can be enjoyed anytime Fresco at the Gardens is open, savory options like the biscuits and gravy made with challah rolls topped with organic pork sausage, chorizo and herbs and the whimsical green eggs and ham with homemade pesto sauce and local asiago cheese, are irresistible. Sweet breakfast choices include the healthy start waffles with Fresco granola and topped with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries and the rock candy French toast, rolled in cinnamon rock sugar, both of which are ideal with a fresh-pressed strawberry orange juice. Popular lunch entr�es at Fresco at the Gardens include the chicken pretzel roll sandwich with local chicken, veggies and mustard and the charbroiled marlin with jalapeno polenta and tequila lime butter.

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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Phone number

    (815) 316-2256

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 446 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Great for Brunch

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Scenic View

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  1. CB

    CatherineB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a lovely lunch venue, and a most welcome respite on a 95-degree day. Our server Jamie was flawless despite also working with a group of about 30 people plus other tables. Nothing whatsoever to complain about!

  2. AP

    AngelaP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful space with great views to gardens. My friend's steak & salad was delicious and and had a healthy serving of perfectly cooked steak cubes. My crab cake sandwich was 3 out of 5 stars. I've never had such a thin patty for a crab cake--more of a spread than a cake. Too much breading so I could not taste crab meat. Served on toasted white bread--really?? Even my friend was shocked. Use a croissant or something more elegant. Hostess was great. Waiter did what he was supposed to do. Could be friendlier. Pls make sure all the teas on your menu are in stock.

  3. DP

    DianeP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting , delicious food and great service

  4. CL

    CraigL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved 1/2 fruit filled pineapple and my husband loved Fresco favorite eggs, bacon!

  5. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh squeezed juices, delicious and interesting ingredients, and a beautiful outdoor garden setting makes Fresco a perfect place for a meal. Attentive service and substantial portions!

  6. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Setting is lovely. Food was sumptuous. Service wasn’t up to standard.

  7. JF

    JohnF

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Requested outside dining but the staff alternative indoor seating was better.

  8. M

    Mary

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Menu is excellent and the wait staff is outstanding. Our waters and coffee were filled frequently. This is one of my favorite restaurant for lunch.

  9. p

    pbegv

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed our meal and the view. Our server was very helpful and pleasant.

  10. JA

    JosephineA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    I had a reservation for a party of 7. We were seated on time outside as requested, but no one stopped at our table for at least 10-15 minutes. Servers were walking back and forth by our table, but nothing. I went to the hostess desk, and she realized she didn’t tell one of the servers we were seated. A mistake. I get it. What got me is that not even one server realized that we were just sitting there for an absurdly long time. Improved communication between everyone would help. The food was ok. Some dishes looked better than others. The potatoes served with the eggs Benedict were lukewarm. Even with inflation I thought the food was over priced. When I visit the gardens again, I don’t think I’ll be going back.

  11. HC

    HClarke

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to have a meal after walking around the garden. Service was great!

  12. BS

    BarbS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love that they have several gluten free options. Blackened salmon tacos were so good!

  13. JG

    JetGramma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Fresh food,good ingredients, good portion, nice servers

  14. JK

    JohnK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great and the location was beautiful.

  15. v

    vintagen56

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    Menu is small and food was average. Some of the breakfast potatoes were raw inside for but aside from that it it was ok. Nothing to write home about aside from being overpriced. Drinks were great though, we loved the blueberry mule. Atmosphere was fantastic. Service was so/so. We waited a while for our waitress to tend our table. Overall, I’d only dine here again for the atmosphere.

  16. SD

    SusanD

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I came for brunch before touring the gardens. I had waffles with berries and he had eggs benedict. Both dishes were presented beautifully and our server was delightful. This will be a place we will come back to often to see the changing landscape. A treasure for Rockford. We are about an hour and a half away in Wisconsin.

  17. MD

    MichelleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful views from every part of the restaurant. Food was good, need a larger selection of food and drinks.

  18. CK

    ChristyK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    My sandwhich was raw not even med rare as I requested, When I got home I looked at it and the bun had mold on it! Yuk and I had ate some of it. I cannot tell you how that made me feel wondering how much mold I ate. The outside eating area was nice but I cant tell you how much I like paying 15-17.00 for a moldy sandwhich.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place to eat. Great surroundings

  20. A

    Alice

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is fresh, delicate and delicious, my family enjoy it. We especially like the presentation of the food, looks so attractive !!!

  21. CS

    CyndyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view. Friendly staff and excellent food choices.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hubby and I took mom here for Mother’s Day. They had a special prime rib buffet and it was phenomenal! Food was fresh, high quality and delicious! We highly recommend this restaurant. The ambiance can’t be beat…sitting with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Anderson Japanese Gardens. Once we completed our dining experience, we walked the breath taking gardens.

  23. M

    Michael

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Needed to change reservations from four to five guests. Could not modify on Open Table. Called three times on the Friday before the Sunday brunch——no answer, no one picked. Called the day before, and was able to leave a message. When we got there for the brunch-we had to wait for 30 minutes behind five other groups because, and I am quoting———“ we don’t pick up our messages.”

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I always enjoy dining at Fresco. Beautiful location, good food and excellent service !!

  25. r

    reader222

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service! Amazing food! And the view - awesome! A real dining treasure.

  26. NC

    NaplesC

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent atmosphere, food & service! Great place for a birthday breakfast!

  27. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great professional service, delicious food, great views of the gardens. Very accommodating of special diets. My sister is vegan & gluten sensitive & they made changes & fully understood what was needed.

  28. A

    Az2008

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Once again, a lovely dining experience at Fresco. We came late in the lunch service, so restaurant was quieter than usual, but very relaxing for us. Service was prompt and attentive. We did not try the specialty beverages, but the coffee and iced tea were fresh and refilled quickly. The lobster sandwich was just the right mix of creaminess and texture, with a fresh side salad. Companion had the burger and declared it excellent. Will continue to recommend this spot to everybody for breakfast and lunch. And the Gardens are a nice post meal stroll.

  29. C

    Carol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch at Fresco's makes an everyday workday "special"!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We were there for a funeral lunch. Food was great as usual and the staff was very helpful and accommodating.

  31. D

    Doug

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We ordered 4 different meals for Sunday brunch. Well, all four dishes came out stone cold. Coffee selection offered with only one shot of espresso, no idea.

  32. S

    Shei

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful gardens to view Easter buffet was extensive and nice variety. I wish the shrimp were peeled for the shrimp cocktail and my prime rib slice was all gristle. However, perfect thick bacon and plenty of eggs Benedict. Attention to my coffee and water was appreciated. Nice and will go next year for Easter brunch.

  33. K

    Karina

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Overall for my first time at Fresco at the Gardens it was an fair experience. There was no information on their website about their easter menu being a buffet. It would of been nice to know ahead of time because for $45+ a person I would of chosen a different restaurant for my family since there were 8 of us. I think it would of been great if it was not for the buffet. I decided to try Fresco since it is own by Franchesco's Ristorante and I've never been disappointed by them for Thanksgiving dinners but I was let down by the quality of food and service I experience at Fresco for their Easter.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    They had a buffet and the food was cold and not even good. The eggs were runny and we were not told the price of the buffet. It was $45 a person and we were in shock and so disappointed it’s not even funny. I would never recommend a buffet that is not hot food or has value for $45 a person. Just ridiculous.

  35. CA

    CATHERINEG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time eating and on opening day. The atmosphere overlooking the gardens and the cozy fireplace were perfect. The food was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend the salmon Oscar and Bloody Mary. I also had the death by chocolate cake snd I finished it all. Just delicious.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had our company Christmas Party Luncheon here. The waiter was fantastic and the food was excellent. Our employees all really liked their meals and the atmosphere.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Winter light show

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Brunch with Santa

  40. LL

    LLove

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was a nice breakfast date.

FAQs

Fresco at the Gardens is rated 4.6 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Fresco at the Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd Rockford, IL 61108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Rockford

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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